Top 100 Movie Review No. 098 Rebel without a Cause (1955)

Ranked 98 on the IMDB Top 100 Movies.
Watched July 2017.

Cast: James Dean (Jim Stark), Natalie Wood (Judy), Sal Mineo (John ‘Plato’ Crawford), Jim Backus (Frank Stark), Ann Doran (Mrs. Carol Stark), Corey Allen (Buzz Gunderson)
Director: Nicholas Ray

My rating: 6.5 / 10
Danelle’s rating: ? / 10

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Top 100 Movie Review No. 074 Annie Hall (1977)

Ranked 74 on the IMDB Top 100 Movies.
Watched January 2019.

Cast: Woody Allen (Alvy Singer), Diane Keaton (Annie Hall), Tony Roberts (Rob), Carol Kane (Allison), Paul Simon (Tony Lacey), Shelley Duvall (Pam)
Director: Woody Allen

My rating: 9 / 10
Danelle’s rating: ? / 10

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2018 In Review

2018 was definitely an unusual year for me as it included two overseas trips. I closed off 2017 while still on an African tour, the last days of 2017 had me camping under the stars in Chobe National Park (Botswana) before heading off to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) for a stunning helicopter flight over the falls, this meant 2018 would be hard pressed to be even better!

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What’s Next – 2019 and beyond

Way back in May 2015 I wrote a blog entry “2016 and Beyond” that outlined possible travel over the next four years as I moved beyond 52 countries. I listed eight possible tours and I’ve ended up doing three of these (or similar tours) to Sri Lanka, Indochina (Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia) and High Road to Tibet (Nepal and Tibet).

I also ended up doing The Great African Expedition from November 2017 to January 2018.

Now it’s time to work out what’s the plan for the next few years and whether I should aim to move from 70 countries I’ve already seen to 100 countries. To start I’d need to work out if there are 30 countries left that I’m interested in and which line up with my Bucket List – To Do , for example seeing Petra in Jordan.

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Asia 2018: Trip Highlights

Well my short trip to Hong Kong, Nepal and Tibet is over and it’s time to reflect. This trip was basically three parts:

  1. Eight Lounge Experiences
  2. Nepal Experience
  3. Tibet Experience

The Nepal and Tibet experience were mostly undertaken via the G Adventures High Road to Tibet tour (review here).

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Asia 2018: Day 19 Hong Kong to Melbourne, Australia

Tuesday 30 October 2018.
Highlights: Cathay Pacific Business Class flight

So after a very quick trip I’m now back home doing laundry and getting ready for work tomorrow :(.

At least I got to enjoy a very comfortable flight back on Cathay Pacific A350-900 business class seat (review here). Four hours+ sleep on an overnight flight is a good way to be refreshed for the day ahead.

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Flight Review – CX105 Hong Kong to Melbourne

Airline: Cathay Pacific
Gate: 25
Seat: 18K (Business window)
Plane: A350-900
Boarded 23.37 (Scheduled 23.25)
Pushback 00.01
Departed: 00.15 (Scheduled 00.05)
Note: Time Change plus 3 hour
Arrived: 11.43 (Scheduled 12.15)
Duration: 8 hour 28 minutes
Distance: 7,387 kms

The final flight of this trip was my first Cathay Pacific business class flight and first time on the A350-900.

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